Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the collapsable categories below to find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the college's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please email communications@colby-sawyer.edu with additional questions that may be helpful to add to this webpage.

Now that Commencement is being held virtually, how will I get my diploma?

Diplomas, along with all other awards that would have been handed out during an in-person Commencement ceremony, will be mailed out to students prior to Aug. 8. To make arrangements to mail your diploma to an address not currently listed as your primary address, contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@colby-sawyer.edu

Should students reach out to potential internship sites regarding summer/fall internships given the governor's stay-at-home order?

The college is encouraging students to schedule a call with the Harrington Center for one-on-one coaching on how to best approach an employer during these uncertain times. Students will need to be extra creative, flexible and innovative in their approach when requesting internships. Students should propose ideas rather than simply ask for an opportunity. To schedule a call with the Harrington Center, email jennifer.tockman@colby-sawyer.edu.

How Will Classes be Different this Fall in Comparison to Year’s Past?

Because the college has implemented a 12-week semester, courses will last approximately 10-15 minutes longer than in the past. Inside the classroom, in instances when government ordinances do not allow for an entire class to meet at once, students will be asked to alternate between in-person and remote attendance. Masks will be required if a minimum distance of 6 feet from others can’t be maintained, and at the conclusion of class, students and faculty will be asked to clean up their workspaces with provided disinfectants to complement the work of housekeeping.

What Does the Academic Calendar Look Like with a 12-Week Fall Semester?

In-person instruction will begin on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, and conclude Tuesday, Nov. 24. Reading Days will be held off campus Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, followed by remote final exams Dec. 2-5. A recess previously scheduled for Oct. 12—16 will no longer occur. A complete academic calendar, including Add/Drop deadlines and the deadline to withdraw from courses, can be found here.

When can I begin to make arrangements to move onto campus for the fall semester?

College officials are in the process of determining a staggered move-in schedule that will limit the number of people on campus during this process, and allow out-of-state students enough time to self-isolate for two weeks prior to the start of courses. Further updates and specifics regarding move-in times will be made available in the coming weeks.

Will life in residence halls look different in comparison to year’s past?

In order to provide spacious housing options and also promote social distancing, the use of single and spacious double rooms will be utilized more so than in year’s past. Resident assistants will work with students to implement schedules for the use of shared kitchen spaces and bathrooms, and the college’s housekeeping staff will maintain a rigorous cleaning schedule throughout the semester.

Will students be allowed to leave campus during the semester?

Students are being asked to limit off-campus travel to essential trips only, such as for groceries and doctor’s appointments, during the semester.

Will masks be required outside the classroom setting?

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a cloth face covering while on campus when maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet from others is not possible.

Will food still be available at the dining hall and The Pub?

Both the dining hall and Lethbridge Lodge will be open regular hours throughout the semester. Seating will be reduced at both locations, however, in an effort to promote social distancing, and students will be asked to schedule meal times to prevent overcrowding. In addition, meals will be served to students rather than the previous buffet-style format, and to-go options will also be available.

When will the college host Commencement and what will the ceremony look like?

Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and across the nation, the college is planning to host a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8. The ceremony will follow the same program as the previously planned in-person ceremony, with speeches, awards and the issuing of diplomas all to be held virtually.

In addition, members of the Class of 2020 will be given the opportunity to connect with faculty members to reflect on their time at the college and be congratulated for their hard work. Please continue to look for additional information and updates on the Commencement website in the coming weeks for ways to directly participate in this virtual event.

With Commencement postponed until Aug. 8, do I have to wait before I tell potential employers I'm a college graduate?

Seniors who completed their areas of study to the standard of the college will have their bachelor's degrees certified in May 2020. At that point, you are considered a graduate of the college. A virtual Commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 will be a celebration of your time at Colby-Sawyer.

When will the college host Commencement and what will the ceremony look like?

Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and across the nation, the college is planning to host a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8. The ceremony will follow the same program as the previously planned in-person ceremony, with speeches, awards and the issuing of diplomas all to be held virtually.

In addition, members of the Class of 2020 will be given the opportunity to connect with faculty members to reflect on their time at the college and be congratulated for their hard work. Please continue to look for additional information and updates on the Commencement website in the coming weeks for ways to directly participate in this virtual event.

With Commencement postponed until Aug. 8, do I have to wait before I tell potential employers I'm a college graduate?

Seniors who completed their areas of study to the standard of the college will have their bachelor's degrees certified in May 2020. At that point, you are considered a graduate of the college. A virtual Commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 will be a celebration of your time at Colby-Sawyer.

What is the status of Colby-Sawyer’s athletic teams and the upcoming fall season?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Management Council is scheduled to release recommendations on the fall athletics season in mid-July. At that time, Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) officials are likely to have a better understanding as to which member schools plan to open their campuses to students in the fall, and what a fall athletics season can look like. Updates on athletics will be shared as soon as they become available.

What may be different due to COVID-19 when I return outside of the classroom?

Preventative measures may include: social distancing with more options of meals-to-go; limitations on staff and faculty use of dining hall; cancellation of athletic competitions; cancellation of planned trips and smaller gatherings.

My student believes they have been exposed to COVID-19, what are the next best steps?

If you believe that your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness, please seek treatment from a healthcare professional and follow CDC guidance.

My student is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a high fever. What should they should do?

Your student should stay home until the fever subsides and they are cleared by a medical professional to return to school. If that student is on campus, that may not feel well — please call Baird at 603.526.3621, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What do I do if I suspect that I have COVID-19?

Students suffering from symptoms resembling COVID-19 and have risk factors related to travel or potential exposure to the virus are asked to refrain from going to the emergency department as a first means of care, and instead call their local health provider.

Faculty and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to campus until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to seek medical advice from their primary care physician via telephone and avoid going to the emergency department as a first means of care. Employees should contact their supervisors to report an absence who in turn will contact Human Resources for further guidance.